48 hours in Moab – How we spent 2 days in Arches National Park

We spent a couple of days in Moab exploring Arches national park. Here’s the low down on where we visited and places we loved on our fairly relaxed visit.

Where to start

Moab has two main parks, Arches and Canyonlands. Given we only had 2 days we chose to focus on Arches. And like most national parks, it’s always a good idea to swing by the visitor centre to get some advice on which hikes would be good to do when you arrive.

Top tip | If this is your first US National Park of many, be sure to pick up an America the Beautiful Park Pass – if you’re visiting more than 2 national parks it’s worth it.

Day 1

We arrived on our first day around 3pm, which was perfect because we still had lots of light and the crowds were dying down. We checked out which spots were good for sunset and made our way there. We chose to spend most of our time at the Balanced Rock and Double Arch.

Day 2

With a full day ahead, we decided to wait until the worst of the sun had passed and hike in the afternoon when it was cooler. Our morning was spent at Moab Garage Company which had great coffee, great breakfast burritos and good wifi.

The Delicate Arch hike was brilliant and we spent a lot of time wandering around the surrounding area through golden hour and sunset.

Top tip Across from the delicate arch there is a small cliff – you need to go through the delicate arch, down the back, across the crater and climb up the rock to get there. Not many people seem to head that way, yet it offers a spectacular alternate viewpoint

Other places to check out in Moab

For those of you like me who like a good supermarket, check out City Supermarket – it had the biggest spice selection I have ever seen.

If you’re in need of any hiking or camping gear, or maybe just a frisbee, head to Gearheads Outdoor Store. Super friendly staff, an awesome selection of stuff, and you can fill up on filtered water here too.

Where to camp

Look on Campendium for BLM free sites. We stayed at Klondike Bluff which was around 30 mins drive from Arches entrance. It was fairly quiet and free. Apparently there was a toilet somewhere though we never found it. Want to know more about Dispersed Camping?

Vanlife Essentials

WHERE TO DUMP | Campendium gives a few sites, but Maverik Gas Station was free to dump

WHERE TO GET WATER | Maverik also had potable water available that tasted fine

WHERE TO SHOWER | You can find a list of places to shower here


What are your favourite places in Moab and Arches National Park?